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Memorial Plaques

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A little boy was noticing all the memorial plaques at the back of his church sanctuary and asked what they stood for.
His dad explained, "The plaques commemorate all the soldiers from this congregation who died in the service."
Wide-eyed in disbelief, the little fellow asked, "The 8 am service or the ten o'clock service?"

  
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LINGUISTMARCIE 11/18/2009 8:15PM

    This is a great one! I'm going to tell my pastor this week!

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PEPPERLEAH 11/11/2009 10:24PM

    LOL very cute!

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MSLZZY 11/11/2009 10:24PM

    emoticon Got to be careful how we phrase our words in front of little people!

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PAGRANDMOTHER 11/11/2009 9:24PM

    really cute thank you

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GABY1948 11/11/2009 8:36PM

    Very cute...thanks for posting!

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IUHRYTR 11/11/2009 3:01PM

    From the mouth of babes... Thanks. -- Lou

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FREDDY1232 11/11/2009 11:34AM

    That was funny. Thanks

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LITTLE_QUEEN 11/11/2009 11:16AM

    emoticon that was so cute

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Growing Up "Crafty"

Friday, November 06, 2009

Each Christmas, my dad would select and buy each of us (kids) a craft to keep us busy and to learn a new skill.

Back in the day, we had a store called "Lewiscraft" and it was amazing. This is where dad did his Christmas shopping.

I remember one year, I received a kit that was a quasi-stained glass kit and the black outline was actually a tubular shoe lacing and the colours (glass) were various shades of aquarium gravel. Oh, it seemed to take forever because one step we glued the lace over all the lines AND HAD TO WAIT FOR IT TO DRY. Ergh! Then we filled one section after another with white glue and the black gravel, then another section with the grey gravel, then the blue or green and the last colours were yellow and white. Can you remember how long it took white Elmer Glue to dry??? These kits had a nice picture frame for each kit to decorate our bedroom walls.

Another year, I received a leather kit and the pre-cut pieces looped together to make a belt. The more pieces you used, the bigger the belt! I probably wore that craft until it wore out and self destructed in the back of a closet!

Remember Plastigoop? I had a craft kit where a little square element would heat up, the liquid plastic could be squeezed into a metal mold and after it cooked (watch how it changed colour slightly), voila! You had a rubber Fun Flower, or a rubbery bug, (a Creepy Crawler?) and various other themes in this product. I remember my dad trying painstaking effects with the colour bottles. His flowers were unrivaled for artistic interpretation!

Dad made sure we tried the macrame craze. I think I was supposed to knot up a shoulder purse with beads on the front flap. I remember one statistic: One inch of finished macrame takes 7 inches of cord! 7:1!!! Is this crazy or what??? Those plant hangers that used to go from ceiling to floor must have been crafted in peoples' hallways or off a balcony or something. Who had that much room to devote to a handcraft?

One year we were given various beads and clear fish line. (That would be around the time my baby brother had stopped trying to eat all our craft materials.) A one-string necklace or bracelet was fine, but the craft magazines were showing 6 and 8 strand creations! OH MY GOODNESS! How did they manage to crisscross and keep the fishlines straight? I think my beading days were a bit of a fiasco.

I was given a paint-by-number kit with the little joined pots of paint all numbered and ready to pop their lids! I had the challenge of a white capped ocean scene and I thought the variety of blues was really stunning. Did we have to start with the lightest shades first or the darkest? All I remember of that craft was that 'next time' I would use some thinners and blend the colours better. My end result looked like a scene that had no subtlety whatsoever.

When we got a bit older and were allowed to use the stove, my dad, bless his heart, bought us some candle wax, the package wick, dye (looked like crayons to melt) and a candle making book. I remember one project used a waxed milk carton, some ice cubes, the wick was weighted and wire stiffened and I think I chose purple dye. This candle had open spaces where the ice had challenged the hot wax. If I remember correctly, if I shook the candle, it had pockets of water sloshing inside for a few years. Dad tried making a sand candle: he used a bucket filled with sand, dug the shape he wanted and poured the wax around the delicately placed wick. It was a three legged beauty!

We were happy with our Etch-A-Sketch that allowed us to be artistic no matter what the age or skill level. We enjoyed the colouring books and sticker pages that all the cousins could share. We seemed to have crafty items all over the house and most of them never got finished. I think dad and I loved the thrill of the new challenge and fresh concept more than the tangible handcrafted item that was supposed to be decorative and useful.

To this day, I like to visit fabric stores and design things in my head and on the napkin during a meal. My sewing machine has taken the place of glue and knotted cords.

Have you got a crafty project on the go right now or is there an artistic 'something' fermenting in the back of your mind? Let us shun the 'ready made' this weekend and stretch our artistic selves to try a handcrafted project in the next few days!!!

I dare ya!

  
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LINGUISTMARCIE 11/6/2009 10:18PM

    The macrame comment is too true, Karen! My mom joined that craze and I can remember she made these macrame Christmas tree door hangings--the strands of green jute/yarn/whatever it was was all across our living room floor! And they were only about 2.5 to 3 feet long each!

Still, I'm glad I came from a crafty family. I think it has helped me a lot with patience (when trying to get knots out of yarn I don't feel like wrapping into balls for my knitting and crocheting projects) to making sure my idle hands don't become the Devil's playthings--that used to scare the everything out of me! And, it was always time to spend with my mom and my grandma--always so dear to me, even though I might not have let them know it all the time.

I don't see the bedazzler on here though..... ; )

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MSLZZY 11/6/2009 5:01PM

    Mom would give us embroidery projects in the winter to keep our hands busy. We braided rope and made scatter rugs. We learned to knit and crochet. I have done counted cross stitch and latch hook years ago. I would love to pick projects up again, maybe when life slows down LOL! emoticon

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BMARIE888 11/6/2009 1:34PM

  I grew up in a craft family also. My mom spent all summer with us doing different crafts. I used to love going to Tall Mouse and I can't tell you how many Paint Dot holiday shirts I created.

I'm taking a knitting class this weekend to learn how to knit and challenge myself a little - plus if I'm decent at it all the women in my family will be getting scarves for xmas gifts.

Great Post!

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Second Childhood

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Have you ever contemplated starting a second childhood? I used to find that my clowning experiences were exactly that. People didn't expect a person in clown make up to behave in a mature (and boring) way. They actually anticipated being surprised and entertained. (I don't usually have a problem with that.)

This afternoon I am wondering if I would still enjoy the games and activities that I did as a younger person. I loved being outside with girlfriends skipping on someone's smooth driveway or in the yard of the school. Remember those songs and chants that went with skipping (alone or with a bunch)? "Girl Guide, Girl Guide Dressed In Blue", "A", My Name Is Alice..." Perhaps you have memories of skipping songs.

I don't know if I have the upper body strength to pick up my marker if I tried hopscotch again. I think I could manage the footwork & jumping, but the bending over might... be....a...little... challenging. We didn't used to have lycra back then. We used to fight against our corduroy jumpers and bunched up leotards and laced up leather shoes (or heaven forbid, mom made you wear your rubberboots because it MIGHT rain!

I'd like to find one good brick wall where I could bounce a rubber ball in the toe of some nylons until the blasted thing shot out from the worn out end. Did anyone try that with an indian rubber ball? Ooooo I can imagine the bruises already!

I've never been one to juggle, but it used to feel like I came close whenever we bounced 2 balls against the school walls at recess. The tall wall of the gym was the best one, but you had to be fast out the school door or all the wall space would be taken up by the more fleet of foot.

Seems like we were always singing. Lots of games had songs and actions.
When we were going to or from school and it started to pour down on us, my sister and I would sing, "Robin In The Rain" to my little brother. He was the one who introduced "Little Rabbit Foo Foo" to me.

It used to surprise me that my younger sibs actually learned OTHER stuff than what was taught to me. How dare they alter the curriculum even one iota?? I was the big sister and it was my job to know everything. (Did I actually just write that?)

If for tomorrow, I planned a day of entering into my second childhood, I would splash in some puddles, sit on the ground (so I could get cold in my kidneys), run with scissors and play with a sharp stick (so I could put out somebody's kneecap), I'd hide a worm somewhere in the house, stick my tongue out behind somebody's back, not comb my hair or wash my face for at least half the day. I would draw a puppet on a paper bag and make him talk gibberish. I think I would like to revisit my finger painting days. I would definitely organize a parade! I would create homemade musical instruments with cans and beads, sticks and elastic bands, and just somehow I would design a wooden glockenspiel with boxes and tape! Let the music of youth and enthusiasm play on!!!

What would you do if you created a play day for yourself???

I wonder, would it still be fun?

  
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PATTK1220 11/6/2009 11:15AM

    I would splash in puddles! Wait! I DO that sometimes! I really enjoyed your post. It made me think about fun things I haven't thought about in years. Enjoy your 6-month SparkVersary week!

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BEAMISH7 11/6/2009 7:14AM

    Hopscotch and jump rope. Remember those two or three girl hand/clapping songs where you would go faster and faster through the song story till someone goofed? I haven't thought about those things in, well...in decades. Think I will try some hopscotch in my living room tonight -for real!

This is my favorite blog of ever. Thank you for the good memories. I grew up in New Jersey and we did indeed have all those wonderful jump roping chants and songs. And Gaye, I love what you said, too, about the street lights.

Remember riding your bike everywhere??? And never feeling tired? I remember turning an empty lot into a dirt bike trail and 'racing' it forever. And hide and go seek and catching lightening bugs?

One of the saddest things for kids today is that some of them have never had the safe opportunity to play outside like we did.

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IUHRYTR 11/6/2009 6:03AM

    I would like to have one day where there were no worries about bills or pets or housecleaning or yard work and go hang upside down on the monkey bars at the playground and ride the merry-go-round and swing high toward the sky. Just for one day. -- Lou

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PATRISNA 11/5/2009 8:15PM

    I grew up in Northern california. We played jump rope and hopscotch and jacks. I can't remember any of the chants. Since we lived in the wild west and Roy Rogers was our hero we played Cowboys and Indians. We also played hide and seek & kick ball. We had an almond orchard and a big barn in the grape vineyards behind our house we played on the branches of the trees. We stole green grapes and ate them. Boy were they sour!

I played cars with my older brother and we made roads out the gravel you use for pet birds. My friend next door and I had "shows" on his front porch and we sang and danced. What fun! I didn't know then I'm tone deaf and can't carry a tune. Thanks Karen for helping me go down memory lane.

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MSLZZY 11/5/2009 7:32PM

    I would climb trees and play football and baseball with the boys. I would wrestle with abandon. I was such a tomboy!

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GABY1948 11/5/2009 6:21PM

    Wow, does this bring back memories! I remember playing jumprope with the other little girls on the street and not worrying about any "bad" people to be wary of. And we put our roller skates on...the old metal ones that had thingies that caught onto the souls of your shoes (they were not sneakers) and you tightened them with a metal key. They really were the good old days and the only thing I had to remember was when the street lights came on, I had to go home so we hurried as fast as we could to do ALL we could before the dreaded street lights came on. Thanks so much for the memories!

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Restocking the Pantry

Sunday, November 01, 2009

This week I ran out of tea. That may not be a big deal to some of you, but in my house this was a very big frustration!

Tea is my comfort food. A hot mug of tea is as good as medicine. I might venture to say that Earl Grey is my substitute for a good psychiatrist and naturopath.

You may favour soda or coffee but for me, IT'S TEA!

I don't need a biscuit with it. I don't need fancy china cup & saucer. I'll use a tea bag or loose leaf.... just as long as you bring it on!

Polly, put that kettle on... NOW!

How many calories are there in a nice, neat hot cuppa? I don't use milk, sugar or lemon. My 'fave' beverage is calorie free.

Are you worried about cafeine? There are tea varieties that are cafeine free.
Do you have an upset stomach? Try steeping a bit of peppermint tea & drinking that.
If sleeping is a problem for you, may I recommend the Chamomile or Nighty Night blend?
Is your challenge low energy? You may find Maccha (Matcha) or Starbuck's Green Tea latte an envigorating beverage. (Do not drink before bed.)

If you throat is raw and you imagine that you are on the brink of a cold... put the kettle on and sip some tea. The heat is soothing and germs can be minimized by keeping your throat washed with heated liquid.

Want to make some new friends? Hand write some Tea Party invitations and deliver them to your neighbours. Who can resist a tea party?

If you work in an office, substitute that familiar urn of coffee and those 'fat pills' called doughnuts for a tea pot under a tea cosy. Add some shortbread cookies on a plate (or your signature cookie invention) and you may be surprised how well it is received. (Keep the treats very small and dainty. They look cute and it saves everyone's waitline!)

Tea. Take it out of your cupboard today!

  
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MSLZZY 11/2/2009 7:19AM

    Tea-every day! It is how I start and end my day. Regular, herbal, spiced, plain. My drink of choice! And my ethnic background is 100% German LOL!

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LINGUISTMARCIE 11/1/2009 1:45PM

    Always tea, Karen--always!! Hope you got re-stocked!!!

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PATRISNA 11/1/2009 1:12PM

    I stopped by your page after you put a comment on my blog. I think we have a love of tea in common. I have always loved hot tea. I still use a colbalt ceramic tea pot my friend gave me when I was in the Army and stationed in Germany. My how long ago that was probably 36 or 37 years ago this Christmas.

I love Earl Grey, mint, English breakfast and Irish breakfast. I occasionally want spiced tea. I can't drink the herbal teas because of my allergies. I love ice tea in the summer, but here in the south we can't live without sweet tea. I missed ordering sweet tea during our few years in Nevada.

I love mint tea when I have a cold or sore throat. It is so comforting. I love this blog.
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BEAMISH7 11/1/2009 12:44PM

    My daughter is a tea girl and it is such a lovely tradition. I remember the first time I went to High Tea with her in New York City, and we still go to one whenever we are together.

As for me, I envy you. I did finally buy a beautfiul tea pot for myself at Goodwill.

So what am I waiting for? Somebody to make it for me?

Today is totally, totally clean the kitchen in very hidden place day. When I am done, and it is sparkly clean and organized I think I might just make a pot of tea.

You, and my daughter, present it as such a lovely habit. Perhaps mine will start tonight!

Thanks for a wonderful post - as always.

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MSOREED 11/1/2009 12:33PM

    My mom started me on tea when I was young. It is something so soothing and comforting about a cup of hot tea.

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GABY1948 11/1/2009 12:06PM

    Karen, I am in total agreement with you! Whenever sick my mother gave me tea and aspirin so I learned to love tea at a very early age, but yes, I now get to shaky from the caffeine in it so I do have to opt for caffeine free types. And I want it hot...never iced tea for this one!
I miss all my buddies but will be home tomorrow so I am so glad when you guys blog and I can still be there.
Gaye

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Flu and Raw Onions

Sunday, November 01, 2009

In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu. Many of the farmers and their family
had contracted it and many died.

The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only three rooms or less back then).

The doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping the family healthy.

Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser in Arizona. She said that several years ago many of her employees were coming down with the flu and so were many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop.To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must work...(And no, she is not in the onion business.)

The moral of the story is, buy some onions and place them in bowls around your home. If you work at a desk, place one or two in your office or under your desk or even on top somewhere. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu.

If this helps you and your loved ones from getting sick, all the better. If you do get the flu, it just might be a mild case..

Whatever, what have you to lose?
Just a few bucks on onions!!!!!! !!!!!!!!

Now there is a P. S.. to this--- for I sent it to a friend in Oregon who regularly contributes material to me on health issues.
She replied with this most interesting experience about onions: I don't know about the farmers story...but, I do know that I contacted pneumonia and needless to say I was very ill...I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion put one end on a fork and then place the forked end into an empty jar...placing the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs...sure enough it happened just like that... the onion was a mess and I began to feel better.
Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties.

  
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SIRCATNIP1 11/4/2009 6:35PM

    Ok now I have to try it too! My coworkers won't appreciate it but I am NOT getting sick.

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LINGUISTMARCIE 11/1/2009 1:42PM

    Wow! That's really interesting. I'm trying it!!

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GABY1948 11/1/2009 12:10PM

    I just last week received the email about the onions in the first part of this...but with the second part, I now KNOW I will be trying it. DH and I as into "natural" methods of healing and staying will...I won't take medications unless ABSOLUTELY necessary!
Thanks for this message.
Gaye

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CLEOLEFT1 11/1/2009 9:46AM

    never heard of this but it is VERY interesting. I am pretty sure I have some people that will be doing it. thanx!

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SALDABA6 11/1/2009 7:10AM

    I have used a slice of onion in a piece of cloth pinned to my children's undershirts for years when they got sick. It is a family tradition because when my father was a kid he was ill one time and my grandma put onion on his chest and next morning he was better and the onion was black. It is something I have grown up with. emoticon

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MARTANYDIATORRE 11/1/2009 4:10AM

    I will be placing onions around

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SOCKGIRL1991M 11/1/2009 2:02AM

    That's an interesting idea. In all honesty, I hope that I never have to use it, but it's a good thing to keep in mind should the situation rise. Thanks for posting this!

Brightest Blessings,
Mary

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WHITEBULL1221 11/1/2009 1:51AM

    I don't know if it is true or not but the way the flu is running rampid around the US, it is definately worth a try. I know my neice had a case of the swine flu last week. We placed onions in every sleeping room in the house. No one else has gotten sick and she was better within about 36 hours after placing the onions. Old wife's tale or truth.....I couldn't tell ya.

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